Sometimes diagnosis is done in labs, and sometimes treatment decisions are made by scientists performing tests on a patient face to face. At the moment, medical science is not well resourced and its importance poorly recognised. As a far smaller group than doctors or nurses, medical scientists get overlooked.
Funds for medical science are being cut, and positions are being lost, while demand for their work is increasing. And as the future looks increasingly bleak, many are leaving the profession or avoiding entering it in the first place. Fewer medical scientists, and less funding for medical science is putting the future of our health system at risk:.
We need to send a message that medical science is important. Without it, everything else in the health system stops. Members are working to achieve better recognition, respect and reward for medical science professionals. Why Does Medical Science Matter?
Medical science sounds important. Fewer medical scientists, and less funding for medical science is putting the future of our health system at risk: Without funding for research, people will continue to get sick and die from conditions which we could develop treatments for.
With fewer medical scientists and greater workloads, It will take longer to receive the right care when you go to the doctor, hospital or emergency room. This all translates into more trips to the doctor, longer stays in the hospital or emergency room and higher healthcare costs. We need to demand better investment in medical science. This is the type of extraordinary care that I received as a child—care that seemed to approach my injuries with a much larger and deeper picture than that which pure medicine cannot offer—and it is this sort of care I want to provide my future patients.
I turned what might have been a debilitating event in my life—a devastating car accident—into the inspiration that has shaped my life since. I am driven and passionate. And while I know that the pediatric surgery program at Johns Hopkins will likely be the second biggest challenge I will face in my life, I know that I am up for it. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be writing this essay and planning for yet another ten years into the future, part of me would have been surprised.
I am a planner and a maker of to-do lists, and it has always been my plan to follow in the steps of my father and become a physician. This plan was derailed when I was called to active duty to serve in Iraq as part of the War on Terror. I joined the National Guard before graduating high school and continued my service when I began college.
My goal was to receive training that would be valuable for my future medical career, as I was working in the field of emergency health care. It was also a way to help me pay for college. When I was called to active duty in Iraq for my first deployment, I was forced to withdraw from school, and my deployment was subsequently extended.
I spent a total of 24 months deployed overseas, where I provided in-the-field medical support to our combat troops. While the experience was invaluable not only in terms of my future medical career but also in terms of developing leadership and creative thinking skills, it put my undergraduate studies on hold for over two years.
Consequently, my carefully-planned journey towards medical school and a medical career was thrown off course. Eventually, I returned to school. Despite my best efforts to graduate within two years, it took me another three years, as I suffered greatly from post-traumatic stress disorder following my time in Iraq. I considered abandoning my dream of becoming a physician altogether, since I was several years behind my peers with whom I had taken biology and chemistry classes before my deployment.
Thanks to the unceasing encouragement of my academic advisor, who even stayed in contact with me when I was overseas, I gathered my strength and courage and began studying for the MCAT. I can describe my new ten-year plan, but I will do so with both optimism and also caution, knowing that I will inevitably face unforeseen complications and will need to adapt appropriately.
One of the many insights I gained as a member of the National Guard and by serving in war-time was the incredible creativity medical specialists in the Armed Forces employ to deliver health care services to our wounded soldiers on the ground. I was part of a team that was saving lives under incredibly difficult circumstances—sometimes while under heavy fire and with only the most basic of resources. I am now interested in how I can use these skills to deliver health care in similar circumstances where basic medical infrastructure is lacking.
As I learned from my father, who worked with Doctors Without Borders for a number of years, there is quite a bit in common between my field of knowledge from the military and working in post-conflict zones. I feel I have a unique experience from which to draw as I embark on my medical school journey, experiences that can be applied both here and abroad. I hope to conduct research in the field of health care infrastructure and work with government agencies and legislators to find creative solutions to improving access to emergency facilities in currently underserved areas of the United States, with an aim towards providing comprehensive policy reports and recommendations on how the US can once again be the world leader in health outcomes.
While the problems inherent in our health care system are not one-dimensional and require a dynamic approach, one of the solutions as I see it is to think less in terms of state-of-the-art facilities and more in terms of access to primary care.
Much of the care that I provide as a first responder and volunteer is extremely effective and also relatively cheap. More money is always helpful when facing a complex social and political problem, but we must think of solutions above and beyond more money and more taxes. Of course, my policy interests do not replace my passion for helping others and delivering emergency medicine.
As a doctor, I hope to continue serving in areas of the country that, for one reason or another, are lagging behind in basic health care infrastructure. Eventually, I would also like to take my knowledge and talents abroad and serve in the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders. In short, I see the role of physicians in society as multifunctional: they are not only doctors who heal, they are also leaders, innovators, social scientists, and patriots.
Although my path to medical school has not always been the most direct, my varied and circuitous journey has given me a set of skills and experiences that many otherwise qualified applicants lack. I have no doubt that the next ten years will be similarly unpredictable, but I can assure you that no matter what obstacles I face, my goal will remain the same.
I sincerely hope to begin the next phase of my journey at Brown University. Thank you for your kind attention. The roots of my desire to become a physician are, thankfully, not around the bedside of a sick family member or in a hospital, but rather on a acre plot of land outside of a small town in Northwest Arkansas. I loved raising and exhibiting cattle, so every morning before the bus arrived at 7 a. I was in the barn feeding, checking cattle for any health issues and washing the show heifers.
These early mornings and my experiences on a farm not only taught me the value of hard work, but ignited my interest in the body, albeit bovine at the time. It was by a working chute that I learned the functions of reproductive hormones as we utilized them for assisted reproduction and artificial insemination; it was by giving vaccinations to prevent infection that I learned about bacteria and the germ theory of disease; it was beside a stillborn calf before the sun had risen that I was exposed to the frailty of life.
Facing the realities of disease and death daily from an early age, I developed a strong sense of pragmatism out of necessity. Witnessing the sometimes harsh realities of life on a farm did not instill within me an attitude of jaded inevitability of death. Instead, it germinated a responsibility to protect life to the best of my abilities, cure what ailments I can and alleviate as much suffering as possible while recognizing that sometimes nothing can be done.
I first approached human health at the age of nine through beef nutrition and food safety. Learning the roles of nutrients such as zinc, iron, protein and B-vitamins in the human body as well as the dangers of food-borne illness through the Beef Ambassador program shifted my interest in the body to a new species.
Talking with consumers about every facet of the origins of food, I realized that the topics that most interested me were those that pertained to human health. In college, while I connected with people over samples of beef and answered their questions, I also realized that it is not enough simply to have adequate knowledge.
Ultimately knowledge is of little use if it is not digestible to those who receive it. So my goal as a future clinical physician is not only to illuminate the source of an affliction and provide treatment for patients, but take care to ensure the need for understanding by both patient and family is met. I saw this combination of care and understanding while volunteering in an emergency room, where I was also exposed to other aspects and players in the medical field. Medicine is a team sport, and coordinating the efforts of each of these players is crucial for the successful execution of patient care.
It is my goal to serve as the leader of this healthcare unit and unify a team of professionals to provide the highest quality care for patients. Perhaps most importantly my time at the VA showed me the power a smile and an open ear can have with people. On the long walk to radiology, talking with patients about their military service and families always seemed to take their mind off the reason for their visit, if only for a few minutes.
Growing up in a small town, I never held aspirations of world travel when I was young. But my time abroad revealed to me the state of healthcare in developing countries and fostered a previously unknown interest in global health. In the rural north of the country near the Sahara, the options for healthcare were limited; he told me how our professor was forced to bribe employees to bypass long lines and even recounted how doctors took a bag of saline off the line of another patient to give to him.
During a service trip to a rural community in Nicaragua, I encountered patients with preventable and easily treatable diseases that, due to poverty and lack of access, were left untreated for months or years at a time. I was discouraged by the state of healthcare in these countries and wondered what could be done to help. I plan to continue to help provide access to healthcare in rural parts of developing countries, and hopefully as a physician with an agricultural background I can approach public health and food security issues in a multifaceted and holistic manner.
My time on a cattle farm taught me how to work hard to pursue my interests, but also fueled my appetite for knowledge about the body and instilled within me a firm sense of practicality. Whether in a clinic, operating room or pursuing public and global health projects, I plan to bring this work ethic and pragmatism to all of my endeavors.
My agricultural upbringing has produced a foundation of skills and values that I am confident will readily transplant into my chosen career. Farming is my early passion, but medicine is my future. I am a white, cisgender, and heterosexual female who has been afforded many privileges: I was raised by parents with significant financial resources, I have traveled the world, and I received top-quality high school and college educations.
I do not wish to be addressed or recognized in any special way; all I ask is to be treated with respect. As for my geographic origin, I was born and raised in the rural state of Maine. Since graduating from college, I have been living in my home state, working and giving back to the community that has given me so much. I could not be happier here; I love the down-to-earth people, the unhurried pace of life, and the easy access to the outdoors.
While I am certainly excited to move elsewhere in the country for medical school and continue to explore new places, I will always self-identify as a Mainer as being from Maine is something I take great pride in. From the rocky coastline and rugged ski mountains to the locally-grown food and great restaurants, it is no wonder Maine is nicknamed, "Vacationland. The state is dotted with wonderful communities in which to live, communities like the one where I grew up.
Perhaps not surprisingly, I plan to return to Maine after residency. I want to raise a family and establish my medical practice here. We certainly could use more doctors! Even though Maine is a terrific place to live, the state is facing a significant doctor shortage. Today, we are meeting less than half of our need for primary care providers. To make matters worse, many of our physicians are close to retirement age. Undoubtedly, Maine is in need of young doctors who are committed to working long term in underserved areas.
As my primary career goal is to return to my much adored home state and do my part to help fill this need, I have a vested interest in learning more about rural medicine during medical school. I was raised in Cumberland, Maine, a coastal town of 7, just north of Portland.
With its single stoplight and general store where it would be unusual to visit without running into someone you know , Cumberland is the epitome of a small New England town. It truly was the perfect place to grow up. Recently rated Maine's safest town, Cumberland is the type of place where you allow your kindergartener to bike alone to school, leave your house unlocked while at work, and bring home-cooked food to your sick neighbors and their children. Growing up in such a safe, close-knit, and supportive community instilled in me the core values of compassion, trustworthiness, and citizenship.
These three values guide me every day and will continue to guide me through medical school and my career in medicine. As a medical student and eventual physician, my compassion will guide me to become a provider who cares for more than just the physical well-being of my patients. By also demonstrating my trustworthiness during every encounter, I will develop strong interpersonal relationships with those whom I serve.
My citizenship will guide me to serve my community and to encourage my classmates and colleagues to do the same. We will be taught in medical school to be healers, scientists, and educators. I believe that, in addition, as students and as physicians, we have the responsibility to use our medical knowledge, research skills, and teaching abilities to benefit more than just our patients.
We must also commit ourselves to improving the health and wellness of those living in our communities by participating in public events i. As a medical student and eventual physician, my compassion, trustworthiness, and citizenship will drive me to improve the lives of as many individuals as I can. Cumberland instilled in me important core values and afforded me a wonderful childhood.
However, I recognize that my hometown is not perfect. For one, the population is shockingly homogenous, at least as far as demographics go. As of the census, Only 4. Essentially everybody who identified with a religion identified as some denomination of Christian. My family was one of maybe five Jewish families in the town. Efforts to attract diverse families to Cumberland is one improvement that I believe would make the community a better place in which to live.
This becomes apparent when you compare the medical discoveries of a few years ago with what we have today. For instance, some of the most common medical tools that we now take for granted e. The same is true for the x-ray. However, while the two former instruments have remained largely unchanged, with the microscope only increasing in size or magnification, the latter has definitely come a long way.
Nowadays we have sophisticated MRI scanners that are capable of taking pictures of the inside of your body in seconds. Thanks to medical research, there have been numerous remarkable breakthroughs in medical treatment and care of various diseases. In the 18 th century, people suffered greatly from diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria and polio.
Through intensive medical research, scientists discovered that these were caused by bacteria, viruses and other microbes. This discovery made it possible to isolate the organisms and develop vaccines to prevent disease occurrence. To date, vaccines have saved millions of lives across the globe and have virtually eliminated diseases that once threatened humankind.
These medical breakthroughs are not outdated. Flip through any medical journal and you are sure to see several studies aimed at finding a cure or a new way to manage any number of diseases and illnesses. You are also likely to come across recent successes. One area that is receiving a lot of attention these days is stem cell research. Stem cells are unique in that they can grow and differentiate into different cell types within the body. They have immense healing potential since they can develop into various body tissues or organs and can replace cells that have been damaged by injury or disease.
Stem cells were originally harvested from bone marrow. However, it was recently revealed that stem cells from teeth or the umbilical cord have the widest potential for therapeutic application. Cells that have been harvested from the donor in this way are a perfect match, reducing chances of rejection by the body. At the moment, medical science is not well resourced and its importance poorly recognised.
As a far smaller group than doctors or nurses, medical scientists get overlooked. Funds for medical science are being cut, and positions are being lost, while demand for their work is increasing. And as the future looks increasingly bleak, many are leaving the profession or avoiding entering it in the first place.
Fewer medical scientists, and less funding for medical science is putting the future of our health system at risk:. We need to send a message that medical science is important. Without it, everything else in the health system stops. Members are working to achieve better recognition, respect and reward for medical science professionals.
Why Does Medical Science Matter? Medical science sounds important. Fewer medical scientists, and less funding for medical science is putting the future of our health system at risk: Without funding for research, people will continue to get sick and die from conditions which we could develop treatments for. With fewer medical scientists and greater workloads, It will take longer to receive the right care when you go to the doctor, hospital or emergency room.
This all translates into more trips to the doctor, longer stays in the hospital or emergency room and higher healthcare costs. We need to demand better investment in medical science. Meet our Medical Scientists.
However, DNA mutations diseases where it survive and passed through our DNA to many generation can be difficult to cure and tracked. In the world we live in today technology is always advancing; having many great effects in our personal lives and in the medical field, one of which being the technical advances on magnetic resonance imaging MRI. MRIs have been a great resource for us to use to help diagnose people in a way we have never been able to before.
Reproductive technology is one of the most revolutionary developments in the medical field today. One of the newest and most advanced developments in modern medicine is in vitro fertilization IVF. This technique is widely used for parents struggling with infertility. This advancement in technology has created the possibility for what scientists. Preoccupied with the new treatment technologies, the medical field has missed the opportunities provided by the digital revolution to match its internal growth with improved communication with the recipients of their service in its mission of serving its patients.
In a world of technology why would the medical field not follow suit? It would and does every day making leaps and bounds of progress to a better healthier you. One way of doing this is called e-Health technology which encompasses a wide variety of tools, including social media, mobile technology, and telehealth.
With the right technology tools, consumers can be empowered and more engaged in their own health and health care. An at home health patient monitoring system is one way of moving what was. Technology is huge when it comes to giving the patient the best type of quality care when they are in the hospital. In the old days people would just write it down on a sheet of paper and record it by hand, which caused mistakes. Now with the Electronic Health Record those mistakes are drastically declining.
Statistics have shown that using the Electronic Health Record has lowered Nursing mistakes as well as improved patient care. Our society has progressed through the years and has been introduced with the Electronic Health Record which has drastically improved our health care system. The Electronic Health Record provides great communication between …show more content… It can also position nurses to be more proactive by reaching out the patients.
With the EHRs and PHRs patients are more active in their illness which makes them feel as if they are in control of it, which is a huge plus for providers. Another big plus of the EHRs is that studies have shown that it has helped providers improve accuracy of diagnoses and health outcomes Couch, For example, nurses could have reliable access to patients complete health information and have pictures which would help with whatever problem they might encounter.
EHRs can also tell the nurse if potential safety problems occur, which helps them avoid more serious consequences for patients, which can lead to better outcomes. The EHRs can also help nurses quickly identify and correct operational problems, which compared to the paper-based setting, those kinds of problems would be more difficult to correct. It can also help. Get Access. Read More. Research on Technology in the Medical Field Words 6 Pages Research on Technology in the Medical Field Certain types of technology have the potential to be very beneficial to the medical field.
Technology And The Medical Field Essay Words 6 Pages living in the age of science and technology where the products of technology have revolutionized our lives becoming essential elements in numerous areas of life. Healthcare Technology And The Medical Field Words 4 Pages Healthcare technology is very crucial in the medical field and its constantly changing and updating over the years.
Healthcare providers must get education and trained for the advanced CDSS technology to comply with the mandate by the U. Metaphors are used heavily in literature to describe and attribute meaning towards otherwise hard to describe objects and situations, as well as make comparisons and create a certain image.
Medical metaphors do the same to describe diseases in a way which the general public can understand, but they have an even deeper impact as well. These metaphors are used in order to relate the patients new feelings about an illness to feelings they already understand. Common medical metaphors. He also impacted society a great deal. Even though there is no cure doctors can slow down the process of the disease. On the other hand Clara Barton has also made a huge impact on the medical field and society.
Barton made an impact on the medical field by jumping in and treating the wounded in war and also by creating the organization called the American Red Cross. Radiologists use many imaging techniques including: X-ray radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography, nuclear medicine including positron emission tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose and treat diseases.
They test the organism for lung disease. X-Ray dark-field radiography produces very detailed imagines of the lung. They are educated to diagnose injuries and illnesses, provide treatment and examine patients. Department of Labor. Computed Tomography CT technology is one such modality that takes detailed cross-sectional images using computer controlled X-ray technology Davis, Other modalities include standard X-ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging both of which can also create pictures of inside the body.
Since these modalities all serve similar functions, why would doctors need to choose from more than one method to diagnose a patient? To answer that question, you need to understand the pros and cons of using each modality. In order for us to find effective solutions and be in a position to prevent and eliminate these errors we must first acknowledge that we do have a big problems that need to be fix and time to fix these problems are now. Cancer is one of the most frequent diagnostic errors to occur.
Here doctors can spend more time with their patients so that they can answer all possible questions and give all needed answers. By doing this, doctors and patients can develop a relationship which will make it easier for patients to share information about their health with their physicians.
Doctors, pharmacist. We have seen doctors, nurses and office administrators hard at work in these settings, but how much do you really know about what they do? Our dream to enter the field of medicine is an important one. Medical field is filled with different varieties of professions. The medical field is health professions by doctors, nurses and other allied health care services that have a passion for helping others.
Since high school I always wanted to do something in the medical field. Now that I have taken a few steps into deciding my career, I want to become a medical assistant. A medical assistant are multi-skilled health care professional who are highly trained to perform administrative or clinical duties in an ambulatory or immediate rare settings.
Some of the laboratory test that are used are the antinuclear antibody test or ANA this test detects an antibody present in serum of the patients with systemic lupus ertrhematosus or SLE and other autoimmune disease. So if one was looking in a patient 's chart and sees that ANA is in the file the medical professional will understand and know that the antinuclear antibody test has been performed on the patient. Even though there are other medical terms that have the abbreviations that are ANA a medical professional needs to understand the difference, and know how to read the right terms with abbreviations.
There are other procedures that are included such as rheumatoid factor test or RF, this is also where serum is tested for the presence of an antibody found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Now that we have gone over some of the laboratory test now let us look into some of the clinical procedures. The medical field is a constant changing environment that seemingly opens up new discoveries on a daily basis.
Modern technology has allowed vast improvements in the way treatment and diagnoses are conducted, even as far as early screenings to avoid and locate any health compromising complications. Over the years, sonography has developed into an expanding vocation that acquired new methods to implement into programs as well as majorly contributed towards medical diagnoses and treatments. Ultrasound technicians have become a valuable aid in the development of modern medicine as a whole.
A sonographer is a key first defense when encountering internal health issues.
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